2023 Black Quaker Lives Matter Film Festival & Forum

The American Friends Service Committee
& The BlackQuaker Project

The 2023 Black Quaker Lives Matter Film Festival & Forum
Screening & Discussion Every Other Saturday
4 February 2023 to 8 April 2023, 1 PM Eastern Time  

Dear F/friends,          

The BlackQuaker Project (BQP) is proud to announce the 2023 Black Quaker Lives Matter Film Festival & Forum, a groundbreaking exploration of Black Friends who made a difference throughout both USA and world history. This year’s festival-forum features themes of importance to African American Quakers and others concerned with truth and justice: abolition, retrospective justice/reparations, freedom, education, Black-White relations, non-violence, and anti-violence in response to systemic violence. Our honorees range from 20th century trailblazing Friends of African Descent back to early Quakers of Color who are too often forgotten. Some of their stories will challenge Friends to consider what defines a Quaker, as we examine the lives of extraordinary people of color who were Friends in all but name, and ask ourselves what may have prevented or deterred them from joining the Religious Society of Friends. Our festival-forum begins on 4 February, in recognition of Black History Month, continues through Women’s History Month in March, and ends on 8 April with a special celebration of the momentous 125th birthday of prolific artist and human rights activist Paul Robeson, a descendant of over 200 years of Quakers. 

Screenings will be held over Zoom every other Saturday at 1:00 PM Eastern Time and will feature post-screening dialogues between invited guest experts, hosted by festival-forum director and curator Dr. Harold D. Weaver. We are honored to have eminent scholar-activists, writers, and historians, some of whom are descendants of our honorees, participating in this year’s dialogues, which will conclude with Q & A sessions open to our audience.

How to Register 

Free registration is open for EACH screening on our website here! Please note that you must register for EACH screening separately. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email and, 24 hours before the screening, you will receive a Zoom link for the event you chose to attend. You can view our full program schedule below. 

Saturday, 4 February 2023: Interview with Bill Sutherland (1999) –Liberation and Non-Violence in Africa & USA 

  • Honoring Bill Sutherland (1918-2010): nonviolence advocate, veteran AFSC employee, imprisoned conscientious objector, friend and active supporter of African liberation and freedom fighters. 
  • Featuring a discussion between Joyce Ajlouny (AFSC General Secretary), Keith Harvey (AFSC  NE Regional Director), and Dr. Matthew Meyer, co-author with Bill Sutherland of Guns and Gandhi in Africa: Pan-African Insights on Nonviolence, Armed Struggle and Liberation (2001)

Saturday, 18 February 2023: The Prep School Negro (2012) –Joan Countryman: African Americans in Quaker Schools.

  • Honoring Joan Countryman (b. 1945): first African American graduate of Germantown Friends School, longtime teacher and administrator in Friends’ schools, former head of Lincoln School and co-founder of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership School for Girls in South Africa.
  • Featuring a discussion between the honoree, the film’s director-producer André Robert Lee, and Westtown School teacher-graduate Mauricio Torres (video recorded).

Saturday, 4 March 2023: Sisters in Freedom (2018) –Sarah Mapps Douglass: Women in the Abolition Struggle Against Slavery. 

  • Honoring Sarah Mapps Douglass (1806-1882): prolific educator, author, committed abolitionist, and ancestor of Paul Robeson.
  • Featuring a discussion between eminent historian Dr. Emma Lapsansky-Werner and author Joyce Mosley, a Bustill-Mapps descendant.

Saturday, 18 March 2023: Benjamin Banneker: The Man Who Loved The Stars (1981) – Early African American Scholar-Activist. 

  • Honoring Benjamin Banneker (1731-1806): almanac publisher, astronomer, petitioner to Thomas Jefferson for African American abolition, and faithful Attender of Quaker Meeting.
  • Featuring a discussion with Banneker descendant-researchers of African and European descent: Gwen Marable, Dr. Rachel Webster, and Pamela Williams.

Saturday, 8 April 2023: Paul Robeson: Tribute to an Artist (1978) and The Proud Valley (1940) – Celebrating Paul Robeson’s 125th Birthday

  • Honoring Quaker descendant Paul Robeson, the “beleaguered leader” and “artist as revolutionary,” groundbreaking recording, film, theatrical, and music star.
  • Featuring a discussion between Robeson scholars Dr. Gerald Horne, Dr. Charles Musser, and Dr. Harold D. Weaver.

To learn more about the 2023 Black Quaker Lives Matter Film Festival & Forum, please visit our official page for the festival-forum here on our BQP website.

Write to us at the theblackquakerproject@gmail.com with any questions or comments about the festival-forum. Please feel free to forward this e-newsletter on to other organizations and individuals who you feel might be interested.

Peace and blessings,
Dr. Harold D. Weaver
Festival-Forum Founding Director, Curator, and Host

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QLHE: Listening into Relationship

Friends Association for Higher Education’s Quaker Leadings in Higher
Education series presents:

Listening into Relationship:
Practices that Connect in the Secular Classroom

Tuesday, January 31, 2023
7:30-9 pm, eastern

To register: tinyurl.com/FAHE-01-31-23

More than ever, as educators we are aware that we are living in a wounded world. Yet we are also alive with the promise of the classroom as a potentially transformative space in which new forms of being can manifest. In this workshop, we will engage some listening practices that are designed to help those in the secular classroom work toward these ends. These simple practices bring alive course content while they also help students better know themselves and their peers. 

Your voluntary contribution in support of FAHE and this lecture series is greatly appreciated.


Alice Elliott-Sowaal (she/her; they/them)
Associate Professor
Department of Philosophy
San Francisco State University

David R. Ross (he/him)
Research Professor
Department of Economics
Bryn Mawr College

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QLHE: Complicating the Narrative

Friends Association for Higher Education’s Quaker Leadings in Higher Education series presented:

Complicating the Narrative:
Being more neighborly in our pedagogy and our praxis

Tuesday, December 20, 2022
7:30-9 pm, eastern

Grounded in a well-known TEDTalk by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and their own experience as rural people, Jennifer and Andy raise up the “dangers of a single story” and some ways to help our students do the same in the stories they tell.

Jennifer Elam
PhD Psychology
University of North Carolina
Retired School Psychologist
Writer and Workshop Leader

Andy Stanton-Henry
Master of Divinity
Associate Director
Quaker Leadership Center
Earlham School of Religion

Trayce N. Peterson
MA student/instructor
Human Rights Practice
University of Arizona

Andy Stanton-Henry
is a writer, Quaker minister, chicken-keeper, and distraught Reds fan. He holds degrees from Barclay College and Earlham School of Religion, and is a doctoral student studying Open and Relational Theology. He carries a special concern for rural leaders, leading to his recently published book Recovering Abundance: Twelve Practices for Small-Town Leaders. Andy has also trained in spiritual direction, labyrinth facilitation, conflict transformation, and entrepreneurial ministry. He currently serves as associate director of the Quaker Leadership Center at Earlham School of Religion. A native Buckeye, Andy now lives in East Tennessee with his spouse, Ashlyn, their blue heeler Cassie, and their laying hens.

Dr. Jennifer Elam
began her study of psychology in 1969 and served in many settings until her retirement in 2014. In 1995, Jennifer was led to go to Pendle Hill for a four-week internship and ended up staying, studying spirituality, and working in Quaker ministry for 25 years. She is presently following leadings to use her life-time of work in psychology, spirituality and social justice to develop classes/workshops, using creative media – writing/poetry, dance and visual art – as led by Spirit for healing. Currently, she offers a workshop called “Mediating Trauma through Creative Expression” with Gloria Stearns-Bruner. In June of 2022, her third PH pamphlet called “Hillbilly Quaker” was published and she is now leading workshops on “Identities.” She is feeling called to interfaith ministry.

Jennifer grew up on farms in Kentucky but her parents could not make a living. At age 11, her family moved to Chicago on what was then called the “hillbilly highway” so that her parents could work in factories for 20 years. When the pandemic hit, Jennifer was in KY working on estates settlements as both her parents had died, six days apart. Figuring she could no longer go back and forth from PA to KY, she moved back. At this time, she is working on what the future holds for herself and the farm that has been in her family since the 1790’s.

Here is more information about this event, including a recording.

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Pendle Hill Hiring for Office and Hands-On Roles

Pendle Hill, a Quaker study, retreat, and conference center that seeks to create peace with justice in the world by transforming lives through learning opportunities, retreat, and community is seeking four roles – two in office-based settings and two hands-on positions:

  • The Receptionist and Conference Sales Associate is the welcoming face and voice of Pendle Hill, specializing in assisting with general inquiries, completing bookings in the hospitality software, and conference leader communications.
  • The Communications and Outreach Coordinator is a strong writer and designer who promotes Pendle Hill’s services with compelling messages and visuals.
  • The Cook will join the collaborative kitchen team to create delicious family-style meals using raw ingredients sourced from the Pendle Hill organic garden and local farms.
  • The Housekeeping Associate provides a welcoming, clean and safe environment for all guests to experience Pendle Hill’s radical hospitality.

Further information about the role, qualifications, compensation/benefits, and application instructions are available in each posting and at https://pendlehill.org/explore/employment/. Please share these opportunities with those you think might be interested!

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QLHE: Understanding Contemplative Pedagogy

Friends Association for Higher Education’s Quaker Leadings in Higher Education series presents:

Understanding Contemplative Pedagogy: Creating Practices that Sustain 

Tuesday, November 29, 2022
7:30-9 pm, eastern

To register: tinyurl.com/FAHE-11-29-22

In this workshop, we will discuss the basics of Contemplative Pedagogy and break down four types of contemplative practices for how it is and can be used in classrooms.

Aleks Babić (they/them)
Assistant Professor
Chair/Coordinator, Department of Public Health
Guilford College

C. Wess Daniels (he/him) 
William R. Rogers Director
Friends Center and Quaker Studies 
Guilford College

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QLHE: Soul of Higher Education

Friends Association for Higher Education’s Quaker Leadings in Higher Education series presented:

The Soul of Higher Education: 
Contemplative Pedagogy, Research, and Institutional Life for the 21st Century

How does the current dominant epistemology in higher education mitigate against contemplative teaching, learning, and research? How can a contemplative culture be nurtured in the classroom?

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Margaret Benefiel, Ph. D. 
Executive Director
Shalem Institute

Bo Karen Lee, Ph. D.
Associate Professor of Spiritual Theology and Formation
Princeton Theological Seminary

Here is a link to a video and other materials from this event.

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First Quaker Leadings in Higher Education Event of the New Academic Year: Truth Tellers

Welcome to the first event of the Fall 2022 QLHE series.

Friends Association for Higher Education’s Quaker Leadings in Higher Education series presented, in partnership with Twin Seas Media:

Truth Tellers: Higher Education, the Arts, and Social Justice

The importance of Truth, Creativity, and the Human Story in our classrooms, our institutions, and society.

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Robert Shetterly
American Artist

Matt Zisk
Attorney and Retired Professor
Founder and Executive Director
Cherry Brook Arts

Here is the link to the video and other information about this event.

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Pendle Hill Hiring Education Coordinator

Position is Key for Deepening Faith and Justice Work Among Quakers

Pendle Hill, a Quaker study, retreat, and conference center that seeks to create peace with justice in the world by transforming lives through learning opportunities, retreat, and community is seeking its next Education Coordinator. This role is responsible for a range of educational programs that reflect Pendle Hill’s mission and vision, serving the needs of Friends and other constituents.  Pendle Hill’s educational programs include on-campus workshops of varying lengths as well as online learning programs. As the main position tending to educational programs at Pendle Hill, the person in this role has the exciting opportunity to shape programs and their delivery, contributing substantively to the deepening of faith and justice work in the Religious Society of Friends. Highly organized individuals with experience in adult education, appreciation of a wide range of thought and approaches to advance social justice and deepen Quaker faith and practice, and strong alignment with the processes and testimonies of the Religious Society of Friends are encouraged to apply. See the full job posting for more information.

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Call for Book Chapter Proposal

Penn State Press: The New History of Quakerism

Call for chapter proposals for Volume 5: Global Quakerism in a Postcolonial Context: 1938 – 2018

The New History of Quakerism series from Penn State Press is the first historical series in Quaker studies in over a century, these volumes offer a fresh, comprehensive, up-to-date treatment of the history of Quakerism from its seventeenth-century origins to the twenty-first century. Using critical methodologies, this limited series emphasizes key events and movements, examines all branches of Quakerism, and explores its global reach.


Stephen Angell, David Watt and Ben Pink Dandelion are editing volume 5 of the series, covering the years 1938 -2018, and we are looking for chapter proposals. We are not wishing to be encyclopaedic in our approach to the events of this period but wish to use the best scholarship to foreground some of the key issues and tropes. The volume will be about 90,000 words long.

This is period of history in which the threads of imperialist political order began to unravel even whilst economic power remained in the global north.  This pattern is replicated in Quakerism with British and American Quakerism becoming numerically smaller than the number of Friends elsewhere. It is a period characterised by a transition within unprogrammed Quakerism and the growth and diversification of mission work and indigenous forms of the Quaker faith. We want the volume to reflect, as far as scholarship allows, the diversity of types of Quakerism and Quaker experience. We particularly welcome pieces on previously untold stories and under-researched areas of the Quaker world. Proposals that focus on empire, ethnicity, gender, Quakers in Africa, Quakers in Latin America, race, sexuality, or religious practices are especially welcome, as are proposals that make a conscious effort to critique (rather than re-inscribe) colonialist assumptions.

Chapters can be up to 7000 words long including footnotes, but shorter pieces, perhaps detailing generational experiential accounts will also be considered. We wish to be open to a variety of genres and approaches.  If chapters involve specific case studies, we hope the wider implications of the analysis can be highlighted.

If you have an idea for a chapter but would value working alongside someone else, please let us know as we should be able to pair you up with another scholar. Equally, proposals can come from joint authors.

If accepted, first drafts of the chapter would be required by August 30, 2023, with any redrafting completed by December 2023 and January 2024, for publication in 2025.

Please send a 200-word chapter proposal to us with an approximate idea of its length before October 17, 2022. We expect to make a decision on the table of contents of the volume by mid-November and would then submit the book outline to Penn State Press.

Any enquiries and for proposals, please e-mail:  ben.dandelion[at]woodbrooke.org.uk

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ESR Virtual Tour

Interested in potentially attending the Earlham School of Religion (ESR)? Attend this virtual information session on Tuesday, August 30! Here is where to register:


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